Sal Johnston


sal johnstonVice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

562.907.4200, ext. 4225

Academic History

B.S., Grand Valley State University, Michigan
M.S., University of Oregon
Ph.D., University of Oregon


Professor Sal Johnston is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the coordinator for the Environmental Studies program. Johnston’s academic and practical focus is on sustainability, ecological, social and economic. His current research projects all emphasize praxis: that is, linking scholarly analysis to concrete social change. 

Johnston joined the Whittier College faculty in 1996. His teaching traverses a range of issues and includes courses focused on sociological theory, social change, power and politics, and sustainable food systems.